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Bombs bursting in air, and on the ground

'Patriotic Pops'

'Patriotic Pops'
Photo: Michael Barriault / For The Forecaster
The Portland Symphony Orchestra plays the 1812 Overture as fireworks begin over Portland's Eastern Promenade and Casco Bay on Independence Day. The annual Fourth of July celebration was rescued by private donations after the city elminated public funding this year.

Overture for fireworks

Overture for fireworks
Photo: Michael Barriault / For The Forecaster
Music Director Robert Moody conducts the Portland Symphony Orchestra as thousands of spectators gather at Eastern Promenade Park for the July 4 fireworks show.

In the mood

In the mood
Photo: Michael Barriault / For The Forecaster
Members of the Campbell family of Portland add their own fireworks to Portland's IndependenceDay celebration on the Eastern Promenade.

Fireworks

Fireworks
Photo: John Davignon / For the Forecaster

4th of July fireworks in Portland.

4th of July crowd

4th of July crowd
Photo: John Davignon / For the Forecaster

A crowd gathers to watch the Independence Day fireworks on the Eastern Prom in Portland.

Fireworks

Fireworks
Photo: John Davignon / For the Forecaster

Fireworks explode during the 4th of July celebration in Portland.

Explosion destroys fireworks trailer

Explosion destroys fireworks trailer
Photo: Mike Estes / For the Forecaster

A small fireworks trailer erupted into flames shortly before the grand finale of the Independence Day fireworks show on the Eastern Prom in Portland Sunday evening, sending stray fireworks exploding into the night sky. Fire crews responded a little after 10 p.m. Chief Fred LaMontagne said they let the fire burn out because there was no imminent danger, and it was unclear if unexploded fireworks were in the trailer. No one was injured. LaMontagne said the fire started when a fireworks shell broke close to the trailer and either ignited or damaged a nearby cannister full of unexploded fireworks.

Fighting words

Fighting words
Photo: Michael Barriault / For The Forecaster
Portland state Rep. and noted historian Herb Adams reads the Declaration of Independence on the front step of the Longfellow House on the Fourth of July.